The redescription of the holotype and only known specimen of Psilotrachelosaurus toeplitschi Nopcsa, 1928, from the northern Alps of Austria, and its comparison with other pachypleurosauroids show the specimen to represent a distinct genus and species. It is the sister-taxon of the Serpianosaurus-Neusticosaurus clade from the Middle Triassic of Central and Southern Europe (German Lettenkeuper as well as Grenzbitumenzone and Meridekalke of the southern Alps in southern Switzerland and Italy).... Topics: Psilotrachelosaurus toeplitschi, Sauropterygia, Reptiles, Fossil -- Austria, Paleontology --...
byRieppel, Olivier; Field Museum of Natural History; Wild, R. (Rupert) Palaeontologische Abteilung, Staatliches Museum fuer Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany
The systematic revision of the genus Nothosaurus from the Germanic Triassic (Muschelkalk, lower and middle Keuper) results in the recognition of five valid species. These are N. edingerae, N. giganteus, N. juvenilis, N. marchicus, and the genotypical species, N. mirabilis. The holotype of Conchiosaurus clavatus from the base of the middle Muschelkalk is unequivocal evidence of the synonymy of Conchiosaurus with Nothosaurus. Since Conchiosaurus has priority, it must be declared a nomen oblitum... Topics: Reptiles, Fossil -- Germany, Paleontology -- Triassic, Nothosaurus -- Classification, genealogy
byRieppel, Olivier; Field Museum of Natural History
Three species are currently recognized within the genus Cymatosaurus from the late Scythian and early Anisian of Europe, viz. Cymatosaurus fridericianus v. Fritsch, 1894, Cymatosaurus latifrons Guerich, 1884, and Cymatosaurus multidentatus (F.v. Huene, 1958). All other previously described species of Cymatosaurus are considered either junior synonyms of Cymatosaurus latifrons (C. gracilis Schrammen, 1899; C. silesiacus Schrammen, 1899) or a nomen dubium (C. erythreus E.v. Huene, 1944).... Topics: Cymatosaurus -- Classification, Sauropterygia -- Phylogeny, Reptiles, Fossil -- Europe,...